Arsenal 1 Fulham 1: Wenger hails the Gunners’ fighting spirit

Arsène Wenger was pleased by his side's reaction to conceding after coming from behind to rescue a point against Fulham

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Arsène Wenger hailed Arsenal’s “exceptional” desire to avoid defeat against Fulham after Thomas Vermaelen’s header rescued a point in a 1-1 draw The Emirates.

The Gunners had fallen behind when Vermaelen inadvertently turned Danny Murphy’s pass into his own net after 65 minutes.

But the Belgium international redeemed himself with eight minutes remaining when he rose to meet Theo Walcott’s cross, directing his header past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

And despite dropping two points, Wenger was pleased by his players’ reaction after conceding.

“The positive again is that we have shown exceptional spirit, desire and refusal not to lose the game,” said Wenger.

“Many players were on the fringe today and we had not completely digested the Champions League game on Wednesday night. We needed to dig deep.”

Fulham were disciplined throughout and produced a fine defensive performance to seal a deserved point in north London – but Wenger felt the visitors were lucky to score at The Emirates.

“The circumstances went against us on top of that because when Fulham scored I didn’t see them crossing the halfway line too much in the second half.

“It was very unfortunate to be 1-0 down but we refused to lose the game can came back to 1-1. It’s disappointing because we dropped two points but at least it keeps our unbeaten run going.

“I don’t blame Fulham. They are in a position where they need points and you can understand that.

“You can drop points against anybody in the League. If you look at the team sheet of Fulham, they are all international players in there, good players. It’s not a shame that you can concede a goal against them.”

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